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Team USA cruises past Serbia 96-66 to win 2016 gold medal

Kevin Durant had 30 points to help Team USA blow out Serbia in the Men's Basketball Finals, winning the United States their third straight gold medal.

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Team USA routed Serbia in the Gold Medal Game to lead them to their third straight Olympic gold medal. The United States weren't without their struggles in this Olympic run, but came together for an impressive finale that cemented their run as a successful one. Those struggles were on display early, when Serbia jumped out to a 14-12 lead.

The lack of ball movement and defense worked against Team USA, but the game was turned around when Paul George and the second unit entered, leading to a 21-6 run that put the United States up double figures. As a whole, Team USA wasn't challenged in the second quarter, outscoring Serbia 33-14. Kevin Durant was magnificent, scoring 24 of his 30 points in the first half.

Serbia didn't play nearly as well in the Gold Medal Game as they did nine days ago when they were a three pointer away from forcing overtime in the preliminaries. They shot just 37.7% as a team, hitting four of their 24 three point attempts. Serbia had no chance on the glass, being outrebounded by 20 and weren't given any outstanding performance that could help slow the United States' roll.

As the Olympic schedule wraps up, NBA fans will take different things from their players in the past two weeks, but there's nothing but positives regarding Paul George, who has been one of the most important players to this team coming away with gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. At their lowest points as a team, George's defense was always there to help swing things as a positive for the United States.

That defense was on display for George, who came away with three steals, scoring nine points, though struggling, shooting just 2-9. George has stated that his 2014 leg injury suffered in a Team USA exhibition was well behind him, but it had to be an incredible feeling to stand on the podium to accept the gold medal. There is a little more than a month away from the return of the NBA, as George will return to his role of leader of the Indiana Pacers for the 2016-17 NBA season.